JUST prior to the taking of this picture Harvard had possession of the ball. From open formation she attempted to gain (from left to right) by a forward pass which should have been thrown to a point about on the line of scrimmage (see stake on further sideline) and ten yards in from the sidelines. The pass was inaccurate and the defensive right wingback (1), sensing the play, dashed forward and intercepted it.

He is seen in the act of catching the ball. The intended offensive receiver (2) attempted to tackle him but just failed, leaving a clear field for the runner, who was finally overtaken by a player not seen in the picture after a fifty yard run.

'For this reason forward passes directed at the extended scrimmage tine, i.e. lateral forward passes, are extremely dangerous though occasionally productive of long gains.

In this same game, with less than five mi and the score 3-0, against her, Princeton, on her own twenty yard tine, lass of this nature (from a wide formation) and with the aid of superb converted it into a touchdown after a run of eighty yards. On this latter occasion, had the defensive left end, who was in proper position, elected to tackle the receiver after he had caught the ball, instead of attempting to intercept the pass, he could have prevented the ensuing run and score.

Princeton vs. Harvard 1921.

This same individual is also apt to criticise loudly the quarterback for not doing otherwise than he did. Comes a critical situation. Which of the three arms of attack shall our quarterback employ? A kick, run or pass? He decides on one and the defense completely foil the attempt. Mr. Know-it-all at once shrieks his disapproval, "punk judgment."

To him I address the following: Kindly realize that the quarterback is a mere boy of twenty odd years; that, like as not, this is his first championship game (under the present eligibility rules, it cannot be more than his third); that he has been playing almost an hour against a rough and rugged team and has received many blows and hard falls that would have made either you or me quit long ago; that although he has had intensive training in the comparative quiet of secret practice, yet please know that it is quite a different matter to put into effect what has been taught him when eleven burly opponents are, figuratively speaking, endeavoring to beat his brains out and fifty to seventy thousand people are helping him to think straight by yelling their heads off.

And, finally, Mr. Smarty, that you may to some small degree appreciate the stress under which he is working, I give you for correct solution the following problem: Assume that you are standing in that quarterback's shoes; that your team has, by virtue of superhuman effort, or through your own cleverness, if you prefer, reached the enemy's two yard line. The position of the ball is unfortunately well toward the sideline; it is the fourth down and the goal line to go. The score is 6 to 3 against you and the Field Judge has just told you that there is less than two minutes to play in the final period of the game.

Let me assist you in your reasoning, as you stand there with your reputation quaking in the balance. You will notice that the enemy's line is greatly reinforced by two halfbacks who have quite rightly stationed themselves directly behind their two tackles, and look at the do or die expression on the faces of those three center men. The flanks are also strengthened by two wing halfbacks, who because the forward pass zone is restricted to ten yards beyond the goal line, have wisely taken position much nearer the scrimmage line than usual. But "take it from me" all four of the enemy's backfield are on the alert for a forward pass into that narrow strip of legal territory, and remember it is only necessary for them to bat the ball away from your receivers to constitute a touchback, in which case your goose is cooked. Somehow, the space between the goal posts appears unusually narrow as you consider trying to tie the score by kicking a drop goal, just as that golf hole looks the size of a pin head when you have a four-foot putt for a halved match on the eighteenth green.